Listening to even the softest of voices

Researchers need to take a look at practices that hinder participation by people with disabilities in any kind of research – not just research on ‘disability issues’, writes Fiona Collis

As a mother of a child who has Down syndrome, I have some very personal reasons for championing the inclusion of people with varied abilities in all aspects of society, including research.  Since my son’s birth six years ago, I have experienced, firsthand, what it is like to be left out, left behind or overlooked because the mainstream world was not willing to take the time or make the effort to accommodate difference and diversity.  Thankfully, though, I have also had firsthand experience of the rewards in store for all of us when we take action to create environments where everyone is valued and respected, and even the softest of voices can be heard.  Read more


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